Poetry is Therapeutic

The healing effect of words has long been recognised, as far back as 4000 BCE, early Egyptians wrote words on papyrus, dissolve them in liquid, and gave them to those who were ill as a form of medicine. Also poetry for healing and personal growth, can be seen in ancient times when shamans conducted religiousContinue reading “Poetry is Therapeutic”

Emily Jane Brontë

Emily Brontë (1818-1848) was born on this day, 30 July 1818 in the rectory at Thornton in Yorkshire to the Reverend Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell Brontë, the 5th of their six children and the only daughter to be given a middle name. Unfortunately her mother died when she was only 3 years old andContinue reading “Emily Jane Brontë”

Weekend Writing Prompt

Hi hope everyone is having good a weekend, Sammi has set her challenge (see link below), to write a poem or piece of prose in exactly 67 words using the word “Variation”. Here s mine entitled ‘Infinite Variation’ (I have added some info at the bottom foe anyone who is interested), thanks for stopping by:Continue reading “Weekend Writing Prompt”

María Sabina Magdalena García

María Sabina Magdalena García (1894 – 1985), was reported to be born on 22 July in 1894 she was known as the “priestess of mushrooms,” and was probably the most famous Mexican healer to have ever lived and a great poet. Her history and reputation led her to serve as a bridge between the mysticalContinue reading “María Sabina Magdalena García”

Pablo Neruda

Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda was born on 12 July 1904 (1904-1973). Born Ricardo Eliezer Neftali Reyes y Basoalto, Neruda gave himself this writing name under which he would become famous while still in his early teens. In 1921 he left southern Chile for Santiago to attend school, he intended to beContinue reading “Pablo Neruda”

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is one of my favourite writers, he was born in September 13 1916 in Cardiff, Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, he served in the RAF during the Second World as a fighter pilot and subsequently, an intelligence officer. He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for children andContinue reading “Roald Dahl”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

On this day 200 years ago, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned at sea at the painfully young age of 29. He wrote during the Romantic period (1780 – 1840), other writers included William Wordsworth, Jane Austen and Shelley’s friend, Lord Byron. Shelly was a dreamer of dreams, a revolutionary at heart, at the timeContinue reading “Percy Bysshe Shelley”

Happy Birthday NHS

July 5th 1948 was an historic moment in Britains’ history, it was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to all. It has been treasured ever since, but never more so since March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK and utterly changed all our lives. Today theContinue reading “Happy Birthday NHS”

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks

Hi, today would have been one of my favourite poets birthday, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (1917 -2000), born June 7th in 1917, in Kansas. She was an American poet, author, and teacher, her work often dealt with the personal joys and struggles of ordinary people. A much honoured poet, she won the Pulitzer Prize for PoetryContinue reading “Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks”

Walter Whitman

I have surreptitiously included both Fandango’s and Ragtag’s prompt words (in bold) in this short homage to Walt Whitman. Whitman, (1819 -1892) was born on this day May 31 in 1819 in West Hills, Long Island, he is one of the most influential American poets, often called the father of free verse. Whitman’s major poetryContinue reading “Walter Whitman”

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